Once again Bryan Rigg has succeeded in presenting a book that details the actions and lives of men who, by clear definition of Nazi policy as established by the 1935 Nuremberg Laws, should have died in the death camps. As someone who has known Bryan for many years, shared research, as well as spoken to some of the very people he interviewed for this book (and others), his dedication to the truth and presenting a concise and well chronicled account of these soldiers is commendable, but not unexpected.
The reader who is familiar with the policies of Adolf Hitler and his chief lieutenants will find the book of immense value. Those who do not have this knowledge will become educated. Rigg manages to detail their lives in a brief yet informative method, while extolling their bravery under the most uncertain of conditions. Fighting for the very nation dedicated to eliminating them and their families as a matter of state policy makes the reader pause, and think.
The USA had racial segregation in the armed forces as a matter of state policy. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis once said: "Getting up in the morning, flying into combat, and knowing that even if we came back alive our nation would still consider us second class citizens' resonates. Unlike the African Americans serving in the US military, for Hitler's Jewish soldiers and their families state sponsored murder was their future. The actions of Hitler's Jewish soldiers, much like the African Americans in previous conflicts proves that men may still feel patriotism to their nation, even while loathing their government.
This book is a fine edition to his previous publications, and should be required reading at every public school, as well as the institutions of higher education. A damned good read and a critical piece of history that is not preserved forever.